Dana (Kester) Harrold ('04)


Dana (Kester) Harrold - Hall of FameFrom 2000-2004 Dana (Kester) Harrold (C'04) played point guard for the University of Dubuque, leading the team to a 14-12 record as a senior. She finished her career as the school's second leading scorer with 1,680 points and the all-time career assist (456) and steal (215) leader. Harrold was named First Team All-Iowa Conference in 2002-03 and 2003-04 and Second Team All-IIAC in 2000-01 as a freshman. She was also named team MVP and Papa John's Female Athlete of the Year during her junior and senior years. 

Dana was a UD all star off the court as well. She served as a Student Ambassador, Spartan Recruiter, an active member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), Teacher Education Student Organization (TESO), and Alpha Phi Omega. 

After graduating from UD, Harrold was offered a spot on a professional basketball team. She turned down the offer and made the decision to become a coach at UD instead. If you were to ask Dana what her biggest accomplishment has been since joining the UD coaching staff, she would answer, "helping the women's basketball team achieve the best record in 16 years" with great enthusiasm. Coaching basketball is what she loves to do and she feels very fortunate to be able to coach at her alma mater. Harrold has also been the head women's golf coach for a number of years. 

Dana attended Jesup High School where she had a standout career in several sports. During her senior basketball season at Jesup, she led her team to the first-ever girls state tournament berth in the school's history. She holds records for most career/season assists, second most points, and third most steals in a career. Harrold was named All-Conference and All-State in both basketball and softball. 

Harrold holds a physical education and health degree from the University of Dubuque. She also completed her master's degree in athletic administration through Loras in 2006.